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Local Harvest Party Grows Friendships & Flavor

It happened a few weeks ago…

My neighbor Terry, invited some of us over to harvest onions in his backyard. Now, that may not sound very exciting to some people, but I know YOU (fellow gardeners) get it. Nothing is more exciting to an edible gardener than fresh-from-the-garden produce. Am I right? And the idea of getting together for wine, snacks and ripping onions out of the soil is…well, it’s a PARTY of epic proportions!

Yep. We knew we were “garden-geeks” when we spent the first 30 minutes at the party just snapping closeups of all the onions. Seriously! It was a crackup to see all of us pull out our iPhones and start taking photos…of ONIONS.

The Hipstomatic shots seemed to get the most oohs and ahhhs.


But it didn’t stop there. We each brought onion-related snacks (to go with the wine) and somehow, we managed to talk about our gardens, organic techniques, and the new plants we had recently discovered  for the entire time. Heaven!

Terry is an extremely generous gardener who truly enjoys sharing his harvest with friends. What’s not to love about that?!

We each came home with several different varieties of fresh-picked onions AND Terry’s recipe for French Onion soup. Mmmmm!

It got me to thinking about what other types of harvest parties we could have this summer. Most of our parties already involve everyone bringing a dish of homegrown ingredients.

But why not have everyone participate in the harvest and cooking of that food while at the party? I’m going to try it.

Perhaps a Salad Party with different choices of salads and dressings made with the home picked herbs? Or a Tomato Party with gazpacho and caprese salad?

All sounds good to me! I’ll let you know how it turns out!

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.